Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thoughts for Thursday

I have spent the past 6 days watching the Olympics. I marvel at these athletes from all over the world that come together to compete for supremacy in their respective events. One person that has caught my attention, as well as the attention of the rest of the world is the American swimmer Michael Phelps. I just watched him win his 6th gold medal of these games as well as capture his 6th world record.

I was looking at a segment about Mr. Phelps and it described a normal day. One thing I noticed about him is that all that he does is in preparation of him being the best swimmer. The things he eats, the way he trains, the amount of rest that he gets is all in preparation of him being the best.

Not only Michael Phelps, but all of the Olympians go through so much to get a medal and to be called the best at what they do, and in another couple of years, someone younger, stronger and faster comes along and erases all of their records. My mind started wondering about how hard do believers work to become the best Christian that they can. Paul says in, 1 Cor 9:24-25, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible."

We should work hard at being our best selves and being the best child of God that we can be. The prize that we obtain from winning this race is eternal and unchangeable. Many times we wont get the earthly accolades that many desire, but we will receive everlasting accolades from the Master when He says, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" So I encourage you child of God to "Fight the good fight of faith". The last part of the above passage says, "I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." Be Blessed!!!


Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

I totally agree with you Spoon...great look...I believe that our churches would be better if pastors prepared better...if deacons prayed better...if choirs sang better...but most of all if the people loved better. The more we practice that which we have called to the better we will be and the better the church will be.

Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

Thank you my brother. This post has my name on it. I think I'll run on, and see what the end shall be.

Pastor Kevin L. Pullam said...

I have been helped by your blog all week. I am glad to make your aquaintance through this particular medium of ministry. I look forward to many blogs to come. Also Doc... Aside from the substance in the body of the blogs, you have a gift for it's alliterated titles as well. They will almost preach in and of themselves. lol

God Bless,
Kevin L. Pullam

Rev. Aaron Holcombe said...

Amen to this! May we strive to be all God wants us to be through Him. Bless you brother!

Vietta P's Two Cents Worth said...

Hello Pastor Witherspoon. I wanted to briefly stop by and say thank you for your visit to my "new" blog. I was waiting around like a person who had just recieved their first phone and couldn't wait to hear it ring. I was so happy to see I had a comment waiting. Drop by anytime to say hello. If not, I am happy you did WHEN you did. I may come and put in my "two cents worth" one day soon. Thanks again.

Be Blessed